You think your stuff is pretty electric. Then a reliever comes out of your bullpen looking absolutely lights out and completely one-ups you. A little frustrating, but you’re on the same team and you just have to smile and give him a high-five as he walks into the duguout.
Dominican Winter League: Tigres del Licey 5, Gigantes del Cibao 4
Even in Winter League, you can’t be perfect. Joel Peralta had tossed scoreless ball with 4 strikeouts in 3 innings for the Gigantes, but Wednesday night did not go as well as he allowed a solo homer to the Angels’ Erick Aybar for what turned out to be the winning margin in the game. It’s the middle of the offseason anyway and it was a big leaguer that hit it, so no real reason for concern. Remaining unhittable was Juan Cruz for Licey as he went 2 shutout innings allowing just a hit while striking out 3. He’s tossed 6.2 innings for Licey allowing just 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 11. Rest assured he’ll get another minor league deal with an invite to big league camp. Rhyne Hughes also went 1 for 4 with a double and a run scored for Cibao.
Toros del Este 6, Aguilas Cibaenas 5
Heartbreaking loss for the Aguilas as they blew a 5-0 lead in the 9th. Hector Luna slammed a solo homer and Manny Ramirez went 1 for 4 in the loss. Luna has had an impressive showing for Cibaenas, posting a .306/.411/.520 line with 12 doubles, 7 homers, 25 RBI, and a 30-29 strikeout to walk ratio in 46 games. He’ll play next year with the Chunichi Dragons in Japan.
Leones del Escogido 4, Estrellas de Oriente 0 (11 innings)
The Leones scored 4 runs in the 11th to come away with the victory in this one. Willy Aybar was moderately better in his second straight start for Escogido, going 1 for 5 with an RBI that gave Escogido a 2-0 lead in the 11th, while Julio Lugo went 1 for 4 with the 4th and final run scored.
Mexican Pacific League: Venados de Mazatlan 7, Yaquis de Obregon 1
Henry Mateo has been in the Venados lineup for only 10 games. He has already made his mark. Mateo had another huge game in this one, going 4 for 5 with a double, 2 RBI, and 2 runs scored to help lead Mazatlan to an easy win. Since going 0 for 5 in his first game for the Venados, Mateo has gone a ridiculous 17 for 41 (.415) with 3 doubles, a triple, and 5 RBI. Iker Franco went 1 for 4 for Obregon in this game.
Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League (Puerto Rico): Cangrejeros de Santurce 6, Gigantes de Carolina 3
Felipe Lopez has apparently switched from Santurce to Carolina, and he got off to a good start in his first game with his new team, slamming a solo homer as part of a 1 for 4 game. Jesus Feliciano also went 3 for 4 with a run scored in the loss for Carolina. He’s 13 for 38 (.342) in his last 10 games.
Venezuelan Winter League: Aguilas del Zulia 4, Caribes de Anzoategui 3
Alex Torres got the start for Zulia and had good stuff but terrible luck (and possibly defense). Torres allowed 3 runs on 7 hits in just 4 innings, and his groundball to flyball ratio was only 4-8. The curiosity: he allowed a pair of “flyball singles” and an infield one as well. In any event, Torres struck out 7 while walking 2 and that’s a good sign. He has a crazy 78-24 strikeout to walk ratio in 55.1 innings pitched. What’s funny about Torres’ strikeouts is that Ryan Reid came into the game in the 8th for Zulia to nail down the save and wasn’t so far away from matching Torres’ total, recording all five of his outs via the strikeout as he worked around 3 hits for the 1.2-inning save. His strikeout to walk ratio is also very impressive as 22-6 in 20 innings.